Dyche hopeful of double big Ben boost

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Sean Dyche is optimistic about the chances of injured centre-backs Ben Mee and Ben Gibson returning at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Sean Dyche is optimistic about the chances of injured centre-backs Ben Mee and Ben Gibson returning at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

The defensive duo missed the Clarets’ 2-0 friendly win over Fleetwood Town on Tuesday with minor injuries.

Mee also sat out the split-squad pre-season games at Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale on Saturday, while Gibson did play in the match at Vale Park.

But Dyche, who is also monitoring the fitness of Robbie Brady, Nick Pope and Steven Defour, says both players could return at the DW Stadium at the weekend.

Dyche said: ‘Ben Mee has got a minor groin thing, nothing major so hopefully he will feature later in the week and get some football this weekend.

‘We are just keeping an eye on him, he has had a few down days.

‘ Gibson hurt his ankle at Port Vale, as Dyche explained: ‘At Port Vale he turned his ankle and was a bit unfortunate with it.

‘He managed to finish the game with some strapping but at this stage we have got to be careful with all the players.

‘It is actually settling down really quick, we are not sure on the timescales but he is a super-fit lad, so hopefully it will settle down quickly.

He just couldn’t make it (at Fleetwood).

‘I don’t think it is serious, we think he is a quick healer.

Last year was different, he had to have an operation on his hernia, but this is a standard roll of the ankle, so we think it will settle down quickly.’

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